Concerns about cybercriminal activity among U.S. adults 2018

This statistic shows the results of a survey conducted among adults in the United States regarding their concern about experiencing various forms of cybercriminal activity. According to the September 2018 survey, 86.1 percent of the respondents indicated they they were either very or fairly concerned about identity theft.

Cybersecurity and online privacy concerns among adults in the United States as of September 2018

Percentage of respondents registering concern
Identity theft (somebody stealing your personal data and impersonating you)86.1%
Being a victim of bank card or online banking fraud82.2%
Discovering malicious software (viruses, etc.) on your device80.1%
Not being able to access online services like banking or public services because of cyber-attacks69.4%
Receiving fraudulent emails or phone calls asking for your personal details69.4%
Your social network account or email being hacked69.1%
Online fraud where goods purchased are not delivered, are counterfeit or not as advertised64.2%
Being asked for a payment in return for getting back control of your device61.5%
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Release date

January 2019


United States

Survey time period

September 2018

Number of respondents

2,500 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Computer-assisted web interviews (CAWI)

Supplementary notes

The statistic indicates respondents who registered "Fairly concerned" plus "Very concerned."

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